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Sunshine Skyway Bridge II

Posted by
Jerry (Tampa, United States) on 11 May 2007 in Architecture.

Another image of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge...

Completed in 1987, the Sunshine Skyway is the world's longest cable-stayed concrete bridge. It is probably the best known of the several dozen cable-stayed bridges that have been built in the United States since the late 1970s. Its popularity may be due to its unique color -- its cables are painted a bright taxicab yellow -- but the bridge also boasts an interesting history.
The Sunshine Skyway isn't the first bridge to span the broad mouth of the Tampa Bay. In fact, a four-mile steel cantilever bridge used to live where the new Sunshine Skyway now stands. But during a violent thunderstorm on the morning of May 9, 1980, the freighter Summit Venture plowed into the cantilever bridge. More than 1,000 feet of the bridge fell into the bay, killing 35 motorists and bus passengers instantly.
The Florida Department of Transportation began construction on a safer Sunshine Skyway Bridge only days later. more than 300 precast concrete segments were linked together with high-strength steel cables to form the roadway. Protecting the new bridge from ships was a big priority, so they installed large concrete islands, called dolphins, around each of the bridge's six piers to absorb unwanted impact. Since it opened to traffic in 1987, the sleek, new Sunshine Skyway has won dozens of engineering and design awards.

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Canon EOS 30D 1/30 second F/8.0 ISO 100 85 mm

Kairospix from Singapore

wow! just love the deep blue and how is contrasts very well with the pinkish structure of the bridge!

if ony the yellow of the cables was more salient it would make this already great shot into an even better one :)

good capture

11 May 2007 10:19am

@Kairospix: Thank you Kairospix! I appreciate the encouragement and the valuable input!

Kheoh Yee Wei from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Awesome shot,Jerry!

11 May 2007 11:27am

@Kheoh Yee Wei: Thanks Kheoh!

Francis from Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Wow . Those colors are super rich. What time of day was that ?

11 May 2007 12:14pm

@Francis: Thanks Francis! Always great to hear from you! It was right after the sun came up....

Alexandra from Veszprem, Hungary

Ooooo.... I love these colors. Very nice shot!

11 May 2007 1:17pm

@Alexandra: Thank you Alexandra! Your kind remarks are appreciated!

Rahul from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Excellent shot Jerry. Your sunsets and silhouttes are a different league all together. Beautiful. :)

11 May 2007 1:25pm

@Rahul: Rahul - I certainly appreciate your generous remarks! Cheers! :-))

Jen from Jessup, United States

I just love bridge shots...and you have a fabulous one here! Great work Jerry!!

11 May 2007 2:52pm

@Jen: Jen - I always appreciate your kind remarks! :-))

Dawn Sutherland from Phoenix, United States

I really have to get to Florida at some point, looks beautiful. Nice shot.

11 May 2007 4:21pm

@Dawn Sutherland: Thank you Dawn! Come on down!!!!

Amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

I just love how you use the colour/light of the early mornings, Jerry!! Great image, again!

11 May 2007 4:44pm

@Amy: Thank you Amy!!! I appreciate the kind words! I am always amazed at the myriad of colors that our Creator starts our day with......

Myst from Bologna, Italy

STUNNING! The sky hue is magic!

11 May 2007 5:43pm

@Myst: Thanks Myst! I certainly appreciate your encouragement!!! :-))

Evie from Fairfax, United States

Great colors and graphics.

11 May 2007 6:33pm

@Evie: Thank you Evie!

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

This is an awesome view of the bridge.

11 May 2007 6:44pm

@Laurie: Thanks Laurie! :-))

I trust all is well with you and yours!!!?!

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Great shot Jerry! I love the colours.

11 May 2007 7:17pm

@Zing: Thanks Zing! Always great to hear from you!

Yvon from Meerkerk, Netherlands

Wow, talking about perspective! I love this shot. Great colours.

11 May 2007 8:59pm

@Yvon: Thanks Yvon - I always love hearing from you ;-))

HorseRotorVator from Newton, United States

Cool! I've been over that bridge. Great colors and nice angle. :)

11 May 2007 11:26pm

@HorseRotorVator: Thanks HorseRotorvator! I appreciate the kind remarks!

Reza from Montreal, Canada

Awesome shot Jerry.Great colors here.

12 May 2007 2:46am

@Reza: Thanks Reza! I always appreciate the encouragement!

Behrooz from Tehran, Iran

I LOVE the colors Jerry!

12 May 2007 10:55am

kaveh from TEHRAN, Iran

Super Shot! The colors and sharpness are really nice.

12 May 2007 12:22pm

badala from Leiria, Portugal

Again a masterpiece...

12 May 2007 2:22pm

MontereyJohn from Monterey, California, United States

Marvelous light. Well done.

12 May 2007 2:33pm

@MontereyJohn: Thanks John! Great to hear from you!

Makoto from Sapporo, Japan

Really wonderful image. Beautiful colors!

13 May 2007 6:00am

Paulo Jorge Oliveira from Portugal

Fantastic view, it's like my Vasco da Gama Portuguese bridge!

23 May 2007 11:00am

Daniel from Olympia, United States

That is one fancy bridge.

4 Jun 2007 2:37am

Double KK Photography from West Richland, United States

I love bridge photos and this one is great very nice

11 Jun 2007 9:10am

Canon EOS 30D
1/30 second
ISO 100
85 mm